La Val Wines

Bodegas La Val was established in 1985 and was one of the first wineries in Rias Baixas. Unusual for the area, La Val produces it's wines soley from their estate grown grapes rather than buying from local growers. They own 150 acres of Albariño most of which are located in the Condado do Tea sub-region. The vineyards are trained in the pergola system which, in this very humid and rainy climate, allows for better air flow and ripening. The particular micro-climate of their main holding in Condado do Tea allows them to be the first winery to open the harvest, which is typically in the first half of September. Jose Maria Ureta, the current winemaker, is extremely well respected in the D.O. and considered to be one of the young up-and-comers. As a winery concerned with quality first and foremost, the new vintages of their Albariños tend to release in May/June of the year following harvest. Because great Albariño grapes are very high in acid, they tend to taste very "bitter" young. Producers that do harsh filtering, fining or sell slightly sweet styles do not worry about this and rush to market early. Quality minded producers like La Val let the new wine rest a bit longer in tank so that the harshest aspects of the wines' acidity has softened.

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La Val Albarino 2018
"Quintessential Albarino...on the nose it shows aromas of lemon, melon, apple, and fresh herbs. In the mouth it is fresh and zesty, with citrus notes, a touch of refreshing minerality, and a long, clean, racy finish."~Distributor Notes
Item Number: 33036
Case: $143.40

La Val Albarino 2017
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Bright straw. Ripe lemon and pear aromas, with a sexy floral nuance building in the glass. Fresh and incisive on the palate, offering mineral-laced orchard and citrus fruit flavors that pick up bitter quinine and herb notes on the back half. Nicely concentrated but also lithe,

La Val Albarino 2016
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Limpid yellow. Bright and incisive on the nose, displaying intense lemon pith, green tea and jasmine scents and a dusty mineral overtone. Dry, focused and racy on the palate, offering refreshingly bitter citrus pith, pear skin and quinine flavors that unfold slowly on the back

La Val Albarino 2015
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "(all stainless steel) Light yellow. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the lively, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and focused, offering concentrated Meyer lemon, pear and honeysuckle flavors lifted and given spine by a jolt of juicy acidity. Clings with strong tenacity on the stony

La Val Albarino 2014
89  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 89 "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Zesty, mineral-tinged tangerine, pear and quince scents pick up a gingery nuance with aeration. On the palate, refreshingly bitter citrus zest and quinine flavors put on weight with air, along with a subtle herbal quality. Closes with good nervy bite and